Working Full Time as Janitor at Columbia University, Man from Former Yugoslavia Earns Columbia Degree in Classics

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Gac Filipaj (Photo: Alex Gallafent)

Gac Filipaj immigrated from the former Yugoslavia to the US in 1992. After settling in the Bronx, he started studying English, then got a job at Columbia University as a Janitor. Taking advantage of tuition reduction for employees, Filipaj then enrolled in classes at Columbia. While working full-time as a janitor, Filipaj started studying the Classics in 2000, and he's now earned his bachelor's degree.